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2022/2023 University Catalog 
2022/2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 22071) (SIMS Code: 115501)

All candidates for a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in “Graduation Requirements .” A total of 40 upper division units must be taken, of which 30 must be selected as described in the major. No more than 48 units in political science courses can apply to the degree.

A minor is not required with this major.

Impacted Program

The Political Science major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the Political Science major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete with a grade of C (2.0) or better: POL S 101 POL S 102 , either POL S 103  or POL S 104 , and three units of either Statistics or Logic (POL S 201 ECON 201 PSY 280 SOC 201 STAT 119 STAT 250 PHIL 120 ). These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.40 or better.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the pre-major at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Preparation for the Major

(12 units)

These prerequisite courses may not be taken Cr/NC. The minimum grade in each class is C (2.0) or better.

Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one language other than English to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to section of catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or completing POL S 390W  or another approved upper division writing course (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience

The department encourages international experience for its majors. It will facilitate the transfer of political science credits for appropriate study abroad, student exchange, or other overseas programs. International internships may also receive political science credit, if approved in advance by a department adviser.


A minimum of 30 upper division units to include 3 units in each of the four subfields, Political Theory, American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Politics (12 units total); an additional 15 units from any upper-division political science courses (except POL S 390W ).

Capstone Requirement

One 3-unit capstone requirement, fulfilled by


American Politics

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